Review | The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

17 August 2013


Publisher: Vintage
Pages: 512

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:

Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.

Le Cirque des Rêves

The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.
Now you may enter.

This isn't the first time I've read The Night Circus, I first read it just under a year ago before I set up this site and started to review books. I knew I wanted to write a review on here for it so spent some time re-reading it. I don't re-read books often, but I did with this and took my time with it. Whereas before I read this book in days I took my time with it. I spread it over a few weeks and rediscovered why I loved this book so much the first time. This book does what I want a book to do when I read it. It takes you to a whole other time, another place, a better place, a fantasy.

The Night Circus is a beautiful book. I can't even find the words to adequately describe the journey not just the central pair in the book go through, but the story involving all those around them, directly connected to the circus. You see, it isn't just a circus to them, it is their family, their life. They live for the circus. They are the circus.

I usually tell you an overview of this story, but I don't want to with The Night Circus, I want everyone who goes into this book to do so with a leap of faith. To not have a clue what is coming, to really enjoy it like I did the first time I read it. The story and the way it is written will whisk you away. 

Your imagination will be in heaven reading this. There is so much to imagine and I know from speaking to friends that everyone sees the world that is The Night Circus in a different way. That's the beauty of this book, it means creates something different for each reader. I have my view of the circus and you will too.

The circus arrives without warning...

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